Cheekys- Great spot with a weekly rotating menu. Great breakfast spot. Be prepared to wait.
Jake's-Great spot for lunch!If you like sangria's, they have light and refreshing ones.
The Pink Cabana- Located in the dreamy Sands Hotels & Spa (note that it’s about 25 min outside of downtown Palm Springs.)! Palm printed walls and eclectic decor will knock your socks off! It has a small crafty menu
The Purple Room- Inside of the Colony Palms Hotel with fabulous Moroccan themed decor. From my research, it looks like the food and service are on point but the noise level can be high. Just note if you’re looking for a quiet romantic spot, maybe not here during peak hours. They do have a Sunset “Happy Hour” from 3-6 with creative cocktails and bar menu that looks great and from 3-5 it’s all that is available while they switch from lunch dinner.
King's Highway- Brought to you by the Ace Hotel, Kings Highway is an old Denny’s! Totally revamped and serving classic diner-style favorites and creative high-end bites. The best of both worlds if you ask me! Connected to the Amigo Room, which looks like a cool dim spot to grab a craft beer or cocktail.
Workshop kitchen and Bar- A 90-year-old movie theater transformed into a popular restaurant! They get most of their ingredients from local farms and create very unique dishes. Plates are on the pricy side, the burger (made with waygu oxtial and truffle) is $28 just for reference, but comes highly recommended.
Norma's- located in the Parker, Palm Springs Hotel, this restaurant has fun decor and a great selection on brunch foods
Birba's- Go here for amazing fresh and light pizzas with a cool outdoor patio.
The Venue- Sushi spot Chic. Modern. Sophisticated. But also casual and friendly. The Venue is the cool hot spot on El Paseo in Palm Desert, serving sushi and sake. Recommended role: The Venu Sushi Role.
Joshua Tree National Park:Just an hour from downtown Palm Springs is Joshua Tree National Park. If you choose to stay out there, you can stay at the Joshua Tree Acres airstreams, just outside the park (more of a glamping option than camping). It has 5 Airstreams, a common area with kitchen, shower, dining, record player —with a killer collection— and completely decked out in boho vintage charm. Be on the lookout for some epic stargazing. If you’re going in the winter, bring warm clothes. The desert gets pretty cold at night!
Salvation Mountain:Salvation Mountain is a literal man-made mountain 28 years in the making, covered in half a million gallons of latex paint. What started as a small monument made of dirt and painted cement became, over time, a sprawling adobe and hay-bale mountain complex. Booming with color and celebrating the Lords love… quite the monument. Just an hour and half south along the Salton Sea and you’re there! You can check their website for guided tours or parking information.
Bump and Grind Trail is a 4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Palm Desert, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate.
Algodones Sand Dunes: If you’re looking for a desert destination, how could you resist?! Here are the dunes I found that were within driving distance (this is where we shot our engagement photos too) Imperial Sand Dunes and Algodones Sand Dunes. Just South East of the Salton Sea and Salvation Mountain, you could make a nice little day trip and check them all out.
Palm Springs Windmill Farm: Check out the iconic windmills and find out about the history behind them with this two hour tour offered by the Windmill farm which ends at the Market Cafe with a Date Shake!
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway: Another fun thing to do is to take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to the top of the mountain and take a little hike.
Palm Springs Art Museum and architecture center: Some of the best things to see at this museum are part of its collection of contemporary art.Much of this is from the mid-century modern art movement from the 20th century.There are detailed sculptures as well as works made of glass, and photography from renowned artists such as Andy Warhol and Diane Arbus.
The Shops on El Paseo- Shop around all of the great Palm Springs designer shops or drive to Palm Desert to shop on El Paseo drive
Walk of the Stars: The Palm Springs Walk of Stars is a great showcase for those who either lived in Palm Springs or made it into something of a “home away from home.”Some of the names on the Walk of Stars include Liberace, Elizabeth Taylor, and Elvis Presley.
Tahquitz Canyon Hike- two mile terrain filled hike. If you’re an inexperienced hiker, you should know that there’s plenty of uphill movement. The highlight of your Tahquitz Canyon visit might be Tahquitz Falls.
Desert Willow Golf Resort- Arguably, the best golf course in Palm Springs is the Desert Willow Golf Resort Located just minutes from Palm Springs in the Palm Desert California, this resort offers two 18-hole golf courses; the Firecliff and Mountain View courses. Both offer views of the San Jacinto Mountains and feature beautifully manicured greens with bushes, trees, and desert flowers. The Mountain View course is smooth and relaxing, so it is best suited to novices or those who want an easy round of early morning golf. On the other hand, the Firecliff course is more challenging with more than 100 bunkers and large lakes. It is not for the faint-hearted and is best suited to experienced golfers.
Silverrock Golf Resort- An 18-hole Arnold Palmer Classic Course, Silverrock is a public course that formerly hosed the Bob Hope Classic. It sits at the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains, and golfers are invited to ‘challenge the rock’. The front holes are relatively easy, but the course becomes more challenging when you reach the back nine holes, where you will come across multiple water features.
Indian Wells Golf Resort- There are two outstanding golf courses at this resort, Players and Celebrity, both of which are award-winning. Of the two courses, the Players is the more challenging, so you can pick which course you prefer based on your ability. Regardless of which you choose, you can enjoy a round of golf in picturesque surroundings. It is recommended that you arrive early at this course if you want the chance to warm up on the practice range. Members and visitors alike have praised the outstanding service at this resort.
Spa La Quinta- Need a relaxing spa day? Last minute mani pedi? This upscale spa will make you feel relaxed for the weekend.